November 11, 2012

We Remember & Honour

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On a day when Canadians remember and honour the sacrifices made on the battlefield, EduDeo Ministries would like to pay tribute to the men and women in uniform who have insured political and religious freedoms for our nation.

The hard-fought and heroic sacrifices at Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Passchendaele and Ypres in the First World War; Dieppe, Normandy, the Netherlands, Italy and the North Atlantic during the Second World War; the battles at Hill 355 and Hill 187 in Korea between 1950 and 1953 and the recent Canadian mission in Afghanistan, have secured Canada’s pursuit of ‘peace, order and good government’.

The fundamental freedoms earned through past conflicts provide Canadians of faith, the Canadian church and Canada’s Christian school movement with the freedom to proclaim the Gospel mandate at home and abroad.

As a global mission organization working in emerging regions and with international partners who highly value growing religious freedom, EduDeo Ministries remains conscious of local freedoms at home.

The message of sacrifice and freedom was effectively communicated this past week as Rev. Mario Matos, former chair of EduDeo Ministries’ partner schools in the Dominican Republic, COCREF (Colegios Cristianos Reformados) and wife Yolanda, joined Eastern Development Director Michael Zwiep, for a special Remembrance Day ceremony at Timothy Christian School in Barrie, Friday, November 9. Elementary students were drawn to a solitary cross pinned with crimson poppies in the school’s auditorium, marking the poignant time of remembrance with a moment of silence. It was encouraging to see a new generation of young, faith-based citizens embracing the message of freedom and liberty.

As we take time to remember and honour the sacrifice of freedom this Sunday, we urge our supporters to reflect on the meaning of the poppy and the tragic consequences of war. But we also urge our supporters to cherish and continue praying for religious freedom and liberty, especially when so many believers across the globe remain oppressed and persecuted. Many of our global partners are praying they too will enjoy increasing freedom and liberty, especially through the proclamation of the Gospel in the classrooms of the nations.

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